Scott is trying to rebound from the crushing heartbreak of his British Open collapse by getting back into major championship contention. He opened with a solid 68.
Playing in his home state of South Carolina, Johnson is a solid bet to continue the PGA Championship's tradition of producing first-time major winners.
The Big Easy will try to pull off a rare British Open-PGA Championship two-fer, the first since Padraig Harrington in 2008.
The defending champion is back in the hunt at The Ocean Course. In the last year, Bradley owns a PGA Championship and a WGC win, and a successful title defense would put him on the short list of the world's best players.
Lefty coaxed everything he possibly could out of his opening-round 73, finding only seven fairways and four greens in regulation. If he can improve off the tee, he's putting well enough to contend.
Rory would salvage a slightly disappointing season by winning his second major in two years. He's in position to do it, and his confidence is surging.
It seems like Ryo's been on the major championship scene for years, but he's still only 20. If he ever harnesses his talents, he could win multiple majors — maybe starting this week.
The world's No. 1 player has plenty of detractors. Those detractors would become awfully quiet if Donald could finally win a major. Seems unlikely, although another back-door top 10 wouldn't be much of a surprise.
Tiger's having what would be considered a career year for most players — the most wins (3) and the most FedExCup points. But for Tiger, it's all about the majors, and he hasn't won one in more than four years. He wants this one badly.
The Wanamaker Trophy
The object of everyone's affection this week: the Wanamaker Trophy, which will be hoisted come Sunday evening as the sun sets over Kiawah Island.
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